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The Band
Studio album by The Band
Released September 22, 1969
Recorded Early-to-mid 1969
Genre Rock
Length 43:50
Label Capitol
Producer John Simon
Professional reviews
The Band chronology
Music from Big Pink
The Band
Stage Fright

The Band is the eponymous second album by The Band, released on September 22, 1969. It is often called The Brown Album, in the spirit of the Beatles' The Beatles.


Album details

The Band peaked at #9 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart. In 2000, it recharted on Billboard's Internet Albums chart, peaking at #10. The singles "Rag Mama Rag" and "Up on Cripple Creek" peaked on the Pop Singles chart at #57 and #25 respectively.

The album includes many of The Band's best-known and critically acclaimed songs, including "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", which Rolling Stone named the 245th greatest song of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 45 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 1998 Q magazine readers voted The Band the 76th greatest album of all time. TIME magazine included it in their unranked 2006 list of the 100 greatest albums.

According to the liner notes to the 2000 reissue of "The Band" by Rob Bowman, the album, "The Band", has been viewed as a concept album, with the songs focusing on people, places and traditions associated with an older version of Americana.[1]

Thus, the songs on this album draw from historic themes for "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" , "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" and Richard Manuel's "Jawbone" (which was composed in the unusual 6/4 time signature.)

The album was reissued in 2009 by Audio Fidelity as a limited edition gold CD. Remastered for the first time on CD from the original master tapes (which Capitol evidently no longer possesses), the album also included a single b-side "Get Up Jake" as a bonus track. Originally slated for the album "Get Up Jake" was dropped from the original album line-up at the last minute because the band felt it was too similar to another track on the album.[2]

Track listing

  1. "Across the Great Divide" (Robertson) – 2:53
  2. "Rag Mama Rag" (Robertson) – 3:04
  3. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (Robertson) – 3:33
  4. "When You Awake" (Manuel, Robertson) – 3:13
  5. "Up on Cripple Creek" (Robertson) – 4:34
  6. "Whispering Pines" (Manuel, Robertson) – 3:58
  7. "Jemima Surrender" (Helm, Robertson) – 3:31
  8. "Rockin' Chair" (Robertson) – 3:43
  9. "Look Out Cleveland" (Robertson) – 3:09
  10. "Jawbone" (Manuel, Robertson) – 4:20
  11. "The Unfaithful Servant" (Robertson) – 4:17
  12. "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" (Robertson) – 3:39

Bonus tracks from 2000 CD re-release

  1. "Get Up Jake" (outtake - stereo mix) (Robertson) – 2:17
  2. "Rag Mama Rag" (alternate vocal take - rough mix) (Robertson) – 3:05
  3. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (alternate mix) (Robertson) – 4:16
  4. "Up on Cripple Creek" (alternate take) (Robertson) – 4:51
  5. "Whispering Pines" (alternate take) (Manuel, Robertson) – 5:09
  6. "Jemima Surrender" (alternate take) (Helm, Robertson) – 3:48
  7. "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" (alternate arrangement) (Robertson) – 4:28



Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1970 Pop Albums 9
2000 Top Internet Albums 10

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1970 "Rag Mama Rag" Pop Singles 57
1970 "Up on Cripple Creek" Pop Singles 25


  1. ^ Bowman, Rob. (liner notes) The Band, (remastered edition), 2000
  2. ^ Bowman, Rob (liner notes)Capitol expanded edition of "The Band", 2000

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